2016 MusicNL Awards

Members Submission Guide


Submissions now open! 

To apply for an artist award or showcase, CLICK HERE

To apply for an industry award, CLICK HERE

 

For submission questions, please contact info@musicnl.ca (709) 754-2574.

For membership inquiries, please email info@musicnl.ca.

For any other concerns or comments regarding MusicNL please contact Rebekah Robbins, Program, Marketing and Communications Director at rebekah@musicnl.ca, (709)754-2574.

For technical questions regarding your Marcato submission, please contact the Marcato dedicated support team via email at support@marcatodigital.com. They will walk you through any of the steps during submission time.

 

Deadlines

Submissions will close on June 30, 2016 at 11:59PM
 

New Process

MusicNL is pleased to be working with Marcato for our 3rd year for the submission and voting process. We will also be introducing a juried and MusicNL member vote. Final nominations will be 50% jury vote and 50% member vote. 

Payment for album and showcase submissions will be done through Marcato/PayPal. Prices are as follows:

  • Album Submission - $25
  • Showcase Submission - $25
  • Both Album and Showcase Submisson - $40 

Eligible Releases Submission Process

MusicNL Staff will contact all MusicNL members via email detailing the qualifying dates for the year's eligible releases and the time frame that members are required to submit their information within. 

This email will advise members on all the required information that they are responsible to submit and guide them through the process of submitting it online via Marcato. It is then the member's responsibility to log on to their profile and submit this information.  All members who submit will then be contacted by a MusicNL staff member and given received confirmation of any nomination.

The Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador may present awards in 26 categories. Winners in as many as 19 music categories are chosen by the combined votes of all eligible members of the MusicNL members as well as a jury of music industry professionals. Voting for the Fans' Choice Awards Entertainer of the Year is open to a public vote. Winners in all 5 industry categories are presented at the Industry Awards Brunch celebrations. The MusicNL Board of Directors annually determines recipients in as many as 3 honorary award categories including Lifetime Achievement Award, Industry Builder Award and Unsung Hero Award.

 

Eligible Release Criteria

Eligible artists/groups

  • Must be a Member(s) - IN GOOD STANDING - of MusicNL
  • Must have released a full-length recording* between JUNE 1st, 2015 and AUGUST 31st, 2016
  • Must be a native of Newfoundland and Labrador or a current resident of Newfoundland & Labrador

 

Full-length recording

  • Releases in Alternative, Celtic/Traditional, Classical, Country, Pop/Rock, Instrumental, Folk/Roots or Gospel Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes
  • Releases in the Urban/Electronic or Jazz/Blues category must contain a minimum of three (3) tracks or a minimum length of fifteen (15) minutes.
  • Half (50%) of the tracks must be original (previously unreleased) material
  • Must fulfill all legal obligations (payment of mechanical rights, songwriting credits, etc.)
  • Proof of the date of release is to be provided to MusicNL by the artist/group through a manufacturer's invoice, retail verification, a distributor or record company

*Exceptions: Compilation Albums may compete in the Album of the Year category only. They also must meet the previously stated full-length recording criteria

 

Nomination Process

Submissions are sent to committees of Atlantic Canadian and international/national jurors with a demonstrated expertise and knowledge of the overall industry or individual categories. Each juror will be asked to rank selections based on the following:

Artistic Merit/Presentation - 20%

Does the artist portray professionalism and authenticity in regards to their overall submission and their past live performances? With the complete submission package in mind, and a focus on music in particular, does this submission meet your standards of artistic excellence?

Production & Engineering - 20%

Based on the overall quality of the sound recording and production values - recording, mixing, performance, arranging, use of instruments and other creative elements.

Music & Lyrics (if applicable) - 20%

Is there a coherence and originality to the music and lyrics (if applicable) of the submission?

Originality - 20%

How is this artist/group unique? Do they set themselves apart? What do they offer to differentiate themselves from other musicians?

Accomplishments & Acknowledgments / Marketing & Promotion - 10%

Does the artist group have a strong online presence i.e. website/social media? In reviewing the overall submission does the submitting group demonstrate a level of professional accomplishments? Does the artist/group have a "buzz" - what press have they generated?

Instinct - 10%

Gauge your instinct or intuition as an immediate feeling or reaction to the submission as a whole. Does the submission make you want to learn more about this artist?

The results are tabulated and the top four (4) to six (6) selections in each category become the nominees. While the minimum requirement for each category is two (2), MusicNL's intent is to present at least three (3) nominations in each category. In the event of a tie, top ranking submissions will be sent back to the jury to re-adjudicate with the ultimate goal of choosing no more than six (6) nominees in total.

Marcato is able to accept full album downloads thus eliminating the need to send physical product for jurors. MusicNL would only accept CDs to be shipped to the MusicNL office for archival and promotional purposes.

Submission deadlines will be announced soon. 

Jury Voting Process:

  • An artist/group may only be nominated in ONE (1) GENRE SPECIFIC category
  • An artist/group may be nominated in ANY number of qualifying GENERAL categories
  • Jurors may omit any category they do not wish to nominate in

Final Nomination Tally:

  • The artist(s)/group(s) with the highest number of nominations from the jury votes are selected for the final ballot in each category
  • Each category will have no less than two nominees and no more than six nominees

  If only one artist/group is nominated in a particular category then that category will be removed from current year's ballot and that artist/group will remain eligible for the same category in the following year.  The group/artist can only be carried over one year.  The category is then dropped from the ballot

In order to have an eligible vote with regards to the current years' MusicNL Awards, your membership will have to be purchased a minimum of 60 days in advance of the released nominations.  Membership purchased after nomination announcement will not be allowed to vote.

 

MusicNL Awards Voting Procedures

A jury of music industry professionals selected by the MusicNL Board of Directors reviews the submitted albums and creates the listing of official nominations. It is then the member's responsibility to log onto their account and select their choices for each award category nomination.

Voting Guidelines:

  • Only one physical award is presented to the winner in any one category. Additional award trophies can be purchased from the supplier at the member's expense
  • There is no fee to nominate or to be included on the ballot
  • Only MusicNL members in good standing may vote

 

Confidentiality and Ethics

MusicNL has formed an Awards Committee to oversee the entire process.  Any perceived irregularity will be challenged by the committee and could result in a removal from the ballot.  Withdrawal of the ballot is at the sole discretion of the board of directors.

 

Award Categories & Descriptions

Genre Specific Categories

A single award is presented in each category.

Alternative Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the "Alternative" genre.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes.

Instrumental Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the "Instrumental" genre.  75% of the tracks must be without lyrics.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes.

Celtic/Traditional Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the "Celtic/Traditional" genre.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes.

Jazz/Blues Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the "Jazz/Blues" genre.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. Must contain a minimum of three (3) tracks or a minimum length of fifteen (15) minutes.

Classical Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the "Classical" genre.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes.

Country Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the "Country" genre.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes.

Folk/Roots Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their 2010-2011 eligible release for the "Folk/Roots" genre.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes.

Gospel Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the "Gospel" genre.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member.  Eligible music includes any and all styles that demonstrate inspirational faith in God, including (but not limited to): traditional, contemporary, country, alternative, pop/rock, and urban/dance. Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes.

Pop/Rock Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the "Pop/Rock" genre.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes.

Urban/Electronic Artist/Group of the Year - This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the "Urban/Electronic" genre.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. Must contain a minimum of three (3) tracks or a minimum length of fifteen (15) minutes.

Please note:

MusicNL supports all genres equally and encourages members from other non-listed genres to contact info@musicnl.ca to discuss submitting a new group. In doing so, members can create a new category for their genre pending having enough eligible releases in said category. If only one artist/group is nominated in a particular category then that category will be removed from current year's ballot no matter what the genre. That artist/group will remain eligible for the same category in the following year. The group/artist can only be carried over one year.  The category is then dropped from the ballot.

General Categories

Eligible releases from all genres qualify for additional applicable general categories.  A single award is presented for each category.

Male Artist of the Year - Solo male artists qualify for this award.  The artist must be a MusicNL member and have released a commercial recording within the dates of the eligibility period.  All genres accepted.

Female Artist of the Year - Solo female artists qualify for this award.  The artist must be a MusicNL member and have released a commercial recording within the dates of the eligibility period.  All genres accepted.

Group of the Year - Duos and groups qualify for this award.  The duo or group must be a MusicNL member and have released a commercial recording within the dates of the eligibility period.  All genres accepted.

Rising Star of the Year - This award recognizes an artist or group who has released their first commercial recording within the dates of the eligibility period.  The artist or group must be a MusicNL member.  All genres accepted.

Album of the Year - Recording must be released within the eligibility period to qualify.  Both solo artists and groups qualify.  All genres accepted.

Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year - This award recognizes the accomplishments of an artist or group who has performed within the dates of the eligibility period.  Artist or group must be a MusicNL and is not required to have an eligible release. Voting for this award is normally done online in conjunction with a sponsor.

Songwriter of the Year - The three songs selected must be recorded and commercially available within the eligibility period. Recording can be released in any type of format. In collaborations, at least the indented nominee songwriter must be from Newfoundland and Labrador and fit the eligibility criteria. However the artist or groups performing the songs do not need to be from Newfoundland and Labrador. All songwriter(s) on selected song will be honored.  It is also required that songs must be registered with SOCAN. 

Side Musician of the Year - This award recognizes the accomplishments of a recording/performing musician within the dates of the eligibility period.  This award is given to an individual and does not require a MusicNL membership.

Music Video of the Year - This award recognizes the accomplishments of a music video released within the eligibility period. This award is given to an individual or business and does not require a MusicNL membership. The song featured in the video must be an artist or group who is a MusicNL member. The MusicNL member must submit the video on behalf of the director/production company.  

Industry Categories

Industry Award nominees are selected by a committee comprised of Newfoundland and Labrador music industry professionals. A single award is presented in each category. If a MusicNL member is interested in suggesting a nominee for these awards please contact info@musicnl.ca.

Media Person of the Year - This award recognizes the outstanding support from an individual from the media in the promotion of Newfoundland and Labrador artists.  The award goes to the individual.  The individual is not required to be a MusicNL member.   

Outstanding Company of the Year - This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a company to the development of the music industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The company is not required to be a MusicNL member. 

Industry Professional of the Year - This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a music industry professional from any field to the development of the music industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The award goes to an individual.  The individual is not required to be a MusicNL member.

Volunteer of the Year - This award recognizes an individual who has made a difference in the Newfoundland and Labrador music industry through volunteering. The award goes to the individual. Individual does not have to be a MusicNL member.

Music Educator of the Year - This award recognizes excellence in music education in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The award goes to an individual.  The individual is not required to be a MusicNL member.

Graphic Artist of the Year - This award recognizes the contribution of a Graphic Artist or company to the development of artists or groups in the industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The individual or company is not required to be a MusicNL member.

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